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The following kashrus alert from the OU on January 20, 2012.

Wei Chuan Sesame Chili Oil, Wei Chuan USA Inc., Bell Gardens, CA bears an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3733

The following kashrus alert from the OU on January 20, 2012.

Some packages of Maui Onion Potato Chips, Dirty Potato Chips, Gramercy, LA were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU mark, without the D-Dairy designation. This product contains dairy and should have been labeled OU-D. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3731

The following kashrus alert is from New Square posted on January 24, 2012.

Motzoi Shabbos ( Vo'airo),(January 7,2012) our Rabonim Shlit'a held a meeting with Rabonim Shlit"a from Monsey and Kiryas Yoel on the subject of the recent find of infestation in grapes. In addition, Mashgichim who specialize in this field, headed by our in-house mashgiach Rabbi Mendel Einhorn, presented before the Rabonim Shlit"a the facts as well as the results of their research on this issue in the last few months and pointed out to the Rabonim the actual infestation on the surface of Table Grapes.
We have determined that indeed infestation is present in all types of grapes. At times the infestation is severe, and at other times the infestation can be to a minor degree. However, there is no correlation between the severity or the infestation, or the lack thereof, to the country of origin or type of grape.
The Rabonim instructed the Mashgichim how to proceed further and continue with their research and investigations. At this time, there are too many variables and more facts and clarification are needed to enable the Rabonim to come to a Halachic conclusion with set rules and guidelines.
Consequently, for the time being, until there is further clarification and the research on this subject concluded, our Rabonim recommend to wash each and every grape by lightly scrubbing the entire surface (either by hand or with a sponge) under a strong stream of water.
Original posted here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3732

The following health alert is from the FDA on January 19, 2012.

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., today announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of all LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts sold in the 6 oz. package with a UPC code of 7546555912. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the product is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
Out of an abundance of caution for guests, Winn-Dixie is also immediately recalling the following LEASA-branded sprouts from shelves in all stores, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana: Mul>

  • LEASA Broccoli Sprouts 7546555636 4 oz
  • LEASA Gourmet Sprouts 7546555633 6 oz
  • LEASA Spicy Sprouts 7546555635 6 oz
  • LEASA Onion Sprouts 7546555634 6 oz All LEASA sprouts being recalled were sold between Jan. 7, 2012, and Jan. 18, 2012, and have expirations dates between Feb. 1, 2012, and March 15, 2012.
    People who have purchased the product may visit their neighborhood Winn-Dixie to request a full refund, no questions asked. To receive the refund, customers may present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product packaging label. Consumers with questions about the recalled products may contact the Winn-Dixie Guest Service Center toll free at 1.866.WINN-DIXIE (866.946.6349)

    The following health alert is from the FDA on January 19, 2012.

    Leasa Industries Co., Inc. Miami, FL is recalling 346 cases of LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts with use by date 2/1/12, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts with use by date 2/1/12 were distributed through FL, GA, AL, LA, and MS through retail stores and food service companies on 1/4/12, 1/5/12, 1/6/12, 1/7/12 and 1/8/12.
    The affected product is in 6 oz. clear plastic containers with a UPC code of 75465-55912 and has an expiration date of 2/1/12. The UPC code is located on the side of the label at the side of the container. The expiration date of the package is located on the side of the container.
    Should you have any of the LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts 6 oz. containers with used by date of 2/1/12, please dispose of the product by throwing away in the trash receptacle. This is a cautionary measure to assure our customers of safe products. All grocery stores, food services, and other retailers who have LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts with used by date of 2/1/12 should remove these products from their shelves as well. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 800-362-7669, Monday thru Friday from 9am-5pm EST.

  • The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3730

    The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher on January 18, 2012.

    Please be advised that Forever Living Products is advising its products as certiifed by OK Kosher on their website www.aloe4us.com. OK Kosher Certification does not cerify any Forever Living Products.
    Ed. note: Inside the website is a link to a expired certificate from Rabbi B. Frauwirth.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3729

    The following Canadian yoshon alert is from the COR dated January 9, 2012.

    Holyland Pita Bakery Holyland Pita White and Whole Wheat Pita: Any product delivered on or after December 22, 2011 (corresponds to a best before date of December 24, 2011) is no longer Yoshon.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3728

    The following Israeli kashrus alert is from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, www.vosizneias.com, and ynet.com posted on January 17, 2012

    The Israeli Chief Rabbinate is enforcing their policy of not allowing cholov stam products to be sold as kosher on Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream which is made from cholov stam and certified as kosher by the OU has been allowed to be sold in kosher establishments in Israel for many years.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3727

    Information on carbendazim, a pesticide in orange juice from www.ingredientsnetwork.com and foodmanufacturing.com posted on January 17, 2012.

    Low levels of the banned fungicide carbendazim has been found in orange juice imported from Brazil. This includes the Tropicana, Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands of orange juice. The FDA said Coca-Cola found levels up to 35 parts per billion of the fungicide, far below the European Union's maximum residue level of 200 parts per billion. The U.S. government has not established an official maximum residue level for carbendazim in orange juice.
    The Environmental Protection Agency has said a risk assessment of carbendazim showed no risks at up to 80 parts per billion, but officials believe real levels of concern are much higher.
    The FDA has begun testing shipments of orange juice at the border and will detain any that contain more than 10 parts per billion of the chemical. Because the fungicide is not approved for use in the United States, any amount found in food is illegal, but FDA spokeswoman Siobhan Delancey said any amount below 10 parts per billion isn't measurable. All tests released by the agency so far have been negative, she said.
    The agency said it won't remove any juice currently on store shelves because it doesn't believe the levels of residue are harmful, though that juice is also being tested.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3726

    The following soy allergy alert is from the FDA dated January 12, 2012.

    Ryt-way Industries LLC is voluntarily recalling select sunflower seeds because they may contain soy ingredients that were not declared on the packaging. The recall is being issued on BIGS® Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds packaged in 5.35oz plastic bags with BEST BY Dates of 08DEC2012 and 09DEC2012 with an individual bag UPC code 896887002202. The product was distributed nationwide through supermarkets, convenience stores and U.S. military commissaries.
    Consumers who are allergic to soy and who have purchased the recalled products are advised not to consume the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact 1-866-209-0985.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3725

    The following South African kashrus notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 16, 2012.

    The following BOKOMO products are kosher certified as PAREV with or without the Beth Din logo:

    • Sunny Bisk
    • Sunny Bisk Lite
    • Weet-Bix
    • Weet-Bix Lite
    • Weet-Bix with Bran
    • Weet-Bix with Muesli
    • Weet-Bix Bites
    • Weet-Bix Bites Chocolate
    • Weet-Bix Bites Forest Berry
    • Weet-Bix Bites Honey

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3722
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